How To Recognize Famous Painters

It’s not always easy to recognize painters just by looking at their artworks. That’s where this illustrated guide comes in handy: with this simple cheat-sheet you will be able to impress your friends with your advanced knowledge about world’s best painters.

.

.

94 Comments

 Add your comment
  1. Ringo September 20, 2019

    If there is a dog in the picture and mostly farmers in a 17th century landscape, it’s a painting by Jan Steen.

  2. JINX September 20, 2019

    If it’s a woman who looks like she should be on a poster hanging in a beauty salon, it’s Patrick Nagel.

  3. Dude September 20, 2019

    If it makes you want a piece of warm apple pie, it’s Norman Rockwell.

  4. Anonymous September 20, 2019

    If there are eggs, it’s DaVinci

  5. Anonymous September 20, 2019

    If all you see is a stark grouping of bottles with very little color, it’s a Morandi.

  6. Amanda Minervini September 20, 2019

    If there are horses, and basically just horses, it’s George Stubbs. If you think you are staring at French ponies, then it’s Théodore Géricault

  7. Liz Ringrose September 20, 2019

    If it’s a painting of Mont Saint Victoire, it’s Cezanne.

  8. Catherine Hartzel September 20, 2019

    If it’s a flower but makes you feel “squirmy” it’s a Georgia O’Keeffe.

  9. Anonymous September 20, 2019

    If it’s a bunch of paint splattered on the canvas that looks like this morning’s porcelain throne from last night’s partying, it’s a Pollock!

  10. Trish September 20, 2019

    If there are cowboys and a big flat rock in the background it’s Charlie Russell

  11. Anonymous September 20, 2019

    Sculpture division: If it looks like a clump of melting colored vases its Chihuly.

  12. Micfrank September 20, 2019

    Sculpture division: if the white marble looks like white flesh, it’s Antonio Canova.

  13. Anonymous September 20, 2019

    If it’s a startiling beautiful work with symbolism dripping off the canvas, it’s Tyler Alpern

  14. franck legale September 20, 2019

    And if every sculpture you see gives you the impression of a “déjà-vu”, then it’s a “ready-made” from Marcel Duchamp.

  15. Anj Sierocki September 21, 2019

    If it looks cold and foggy and everyone’s got a coat and a flat hat on.. it’s a Lowry

  16. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If you see a comment underneath saying, ‘wow, it looks so real you’d think it was a photograph’ it’s by Facebook.

  17. Aldo September 21, 2019

    And half of them are dutch. Proud the be one.

  18. G September 21, 2019

    @Aldo: There are ‘only’ 3 Dutch artists in the list: Rembrandt, Mondriaan and Bosch. Van Eyck and Rubens are obviously Flemish.

  19. Chaylie September 21, 2019

    If the painting looks like the drop cloth you’ve been using for the last 20 years, it’s Jackson Pollack

  20. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it looks like it could be the cover of a Hallmark card, it’s Renoir.

  21. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If there’s an apple its Rene Magritte

  22. Ivan Hicks September 21, 2019

    If there are Ants and soft Clock faces its a Salvador Dali

  23. max September 21, 2019

    if looks like they framed the rag where other artists cleaned their brushes is a pollock

  24. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If everyone in the painting has enormous thin giraffe necks, it’s Modigliani

  25. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If humans were eight foot tall, skinny, and usually wearing green, it’s Greco.

  26. ilana September 21, 2019

    If it’s jungle-y and the people look like they came out of a Monty Python intro, it’s Rousseau

  27. Jen September 21, 2019

    If there are elongated fingers in a weird hand gesture it’s El Greco.

  28. Beth September 21, 2019

    If he paints only flowers, it’s Odilon Redon.

  29. Dirk September 21, 2019

    If you see gold … it’s Klimt !

  30. Eileen September 21, 2019

    If it looks like you just stepped into Fiddler on the Roof, it’s Chagall.

  31. Dave September 21, 2019

    If it’s a cottage with a glowing light from the window it’s Kincade

  32. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If all the vegetation is round, it is Grant Wood.

  33. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it looks like Dali and Picasso spent the afternoon together with some animals in the room – It’s Chagall.

  34. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it looks like the artist was drunk then he/she probably was.
    David Brawn

  35. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it is lush, in a muffled sort of way, and has pine trees, it’s Bob Ross

  36. LuzMaHL September 21, 2019

    If all the characters are round-chubby fat, it’s a Botero.

  37. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it looks like your eyeballs are about two inches from a TV screen, it’s Seurat.

  38. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If you see biblical figures that look elongated…it’s by El Greco

  39. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If the woman has a hyper eye, it’s Modigliani.

  40. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it’s reimagined of New York City it’s a Jordan

  41. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it looks like you need to find your glasses, it’s Renoir.

  42. Anonymous September 21, 2019

    If it looks like a pro-Communism cartoon, it’s Rivera.

  43. Anonymous September 22, 2019

    if someone is ignorance and talks bullshit all the time it’s an american!

  44. Anonymous September 22, 2019

    If it looks like a 19th century ad for women’s soap, it’s a Mucha.

  45. Scott Amundsen September 22, 2019

    Also Michelangelo’s men are all hung like chipmunks.

  46. Anonymous September 22, 2019

    If it looks like it was a beautiful painting that could have been confused for a photograph, but got left in the back seat of your car that was parked in the sun on a 96 degree day, it’s a Van Gogh.

  47. Anonymous September 22, 2019

    If everyone has green, blue, or yellow faces and hollow eyes, it’s Munch.

  48. Wolfman Rich September 22, 2019

    If it looks like what the room was doing last night just before you passed out it’s Escher

  49. Eric Koenig September 22, 2019

    Caspar David Friedrich — If you see a lonely landscape, often featuring mountains, mist etc., it’s Friedrich.

  50. Anonymous September 22, 2019

    If you see Happy Trees it’s a Ross

Leave Name blank to comment as Anonymous.